Royals vs. White Sox Prediction
Which bottom-feeding AL Central team will pick up a win tonight when the Chicago White Sox host the Kansas City Royals at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
8:10PM ET – Guaranteed Rate Field
TV: FSKC (KC); WGN (Chi)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the White Sox are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -120 to win, while the Royals are listed with a money line of +110 to win. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 9 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 70 percent of the wagers going on Chicago at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Royals back in a funk
The Royals were in a bit of a winning stretch a week ago, but have lost four of their last five coming into today. Kansas City is now 32-73 overall and 17-36 on the road. The Royals are putting up 3.66 runs per game on offense this season while allowing 5.52 per contest.
Danny Duffy takes the mound for Kansas City tonight. He is making his 23rd start of 2018 and comes in with a 6-9 record overall with a 4.70 ERA. Duffy has pitched a total of 126.1 innings this season and has 113 strikeouts with 58 walks.
White Sox also struggling
Like Kansas City, the White Sox were doing some winning a week ago, but have also lost four of their last five games. Chicago is now 37-68 overall and 20-31 at home. The White Sox are putting up 4.10 runs per game this season while allowing 5.44 per contest.
James Shields gets the start for the White Sox tonight. He has started 22 games this season and has a 4-12 record with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Shields has pitched 137.0 innings and has 104 strikeouts and 53 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals have won four of Duffy’s last five road starts, but they are just 5-14 in their last 19 games following a day off.
The White Sox are 7-22 in their last 29 Tuesday games and 9-24 in their last 33 series openers.
Duffy had been pitching well prior to giving up seven runs to the Tigers last week. Before that he had allowed just one run in 20 innings. He hasn’t strung together back-to-back poor starts in some time, so I think he will bounce back against this Chicago lineup. Shields has allowed 17 runs over his last four starts and just not been able to find a lot of success this year. I think KC secures the upset tonight.
The Pick: Kansas City Royals +110